Ford Motor Co. has kept both customer and employee records safe from leaking after cybersecurity researchers alerted the automaker that its internal system filled with sensitive proprietary information was not secure against hostile forces, the Free Press confirmed Tuesday.
"Based on evidence provided to Ford and our internal investigation, we don’t believe any sensitive personal information about employees or customers was accessed or compromised in this instance, which was identified and addressed nearly six months ago," Ford spokesman T.R. Reid said. "The safety and trust of customers and employees is a top priority for our Ford cybersecurity team and processes."
Cybersecurity experts, widely considered friendly hackers globally, identified the issues of concern in the first quarter of 2021.
But the company had never officially stated whether or not the system had a data breach, said Ax Sharma, a London-based cybersecurity expert who has been writing about the incident. "They've waited a whole six months to disclose this. Having data breach or not, that's not the point. You usually make the findings public on HackerOne, a platform that lets researchers report things to companies, once the situation is safe."